Interesting Facts | Kenya | Africa
ON THE PATH TO INDEPENDENCE:

At the crack of dawn on December 12 1963, a young man by the name of Kisoi Munyao made a brave trek to the top of mountain. Once there, the 29 year old planted what was to become the first ever Kenyan flag; a moment that is still celebrated by Kenyans till today. This was a proud moment for Kenyans. It signified the end of a long and brave fight by our forefathers, and the birth of a new nation of Kenya. Through sheer patience and courage, what our forefathers had fought for was now coming to be. We were now an independent nation. Free! ... Free to govern ourselves and decide our own destiny.

We are a proud nation. Greatly blessed by the almighty God with a majestic land; beautiful wildlife; a rich cultural heritage and a serene climate.
THE KENYAN FLAG:

The Kenyan flag (adorned in red, black, green and white), as well as the national anthem, act as a symbol of unity and also a reminder of where we came from.
  • The red symbolizes the bloodshed by the freedom fighters in their quest to be a free nation.
  • The black signifies the beautiful people of Kenya
  • The green stands for the rich Kenyan land
  • The white symbolizes unity and peace in Kenya.
OUR PRIDE & JOY:

Other than its beautiful land and wildlife, the one other thing Kenya is known for is its athletes. Our long distance runners are always favorites in most competitions worldwide. Form the junior to the senior’s teams; they have done us proud by flying our flags high.
POLITICAL SYSTEM:

After independence, a new Kenyan government as formed, headed by the late Jomo Kenyatta. Initially a one party state, amendments were made in 1992, making Kenya a democratic multi-party nation.

Only three presidents have had the privilege of governing this great nation. They include the late Jomo Kenyatta (1st president), Daniel Arap Moi (2nd president) and the current president, honorable Mwai Kibaki.

Almost half a century after independence, the political system, though faced with a fair share of challenges, is steadily improving.
GEOGRAPHY:

The land of Kenya stretches out to an area of 582,650 square kilometers, and is situated in Eastern region of Africa.

It borders Ethiopia and Sudan to the north, Uganda to the east, Tanzania to the south, Somalia and the Indian ocean to the west.

The capital city is Nairobi, a busy city that is home to over 3 million inhabitants. Two other towns, namely Mombasa and Kisumu, have been given city status.

The climate varies from one place to the other. For instance, the coastal region has a tropical climate, with some regions in the interior being arid, whilst others still enjoy favorable cool climates.
ECONOMY:

Since independence, the Kenyan economy has grown tremendously. Today, the country has the biggest economy in East Africa, with booming tourism, agricultural, telecommunication, financial and industrial industry. It enjoys close trade relations with many African countries as well as with the rest of the world.

The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling.
TRANSPORTATION:

The Jomo Kenyatta international airport is the main entry point for flights coming in to the country. The airport boasts of state of the art equipment and modern facilities, big enough to accommodate some of the largest airplanes. Smaller airports are scattered in convenient locations across the country.

The country has a vast network of roads covering a length of almost 60,000 kilometers of paved and unpaved roads.

The railway line only covers a length of 2700 kilometers and is mostly under renovation.
POPULATION:

Kenya is a land with a rich and diverse people. There are over 40 different tribes spread out across the country.

The communities are generally divided into 3: the Bantus who make up about 70% of the more than 40 million strong population. They mostly occupy the coastal, central, eastern and western regions of the country; the cushites found in the eastern and north-eastern areas; and the nilotes who occupy the rift valley region.

While Kenya is a modern country, culture and traditions are still held close the hearts of many Kenyans. Probably the biggest example has to be the Maasai. A community widely respected and loved for its love for old age cultures and traditions that its people practice even to date.

FLORA & FAUNA:

The vegetation in Kenya’s land is different in each region, depending on the climate.
For instance, the coastal region is covered by coconut trees, rain forests and mangrove swamps. The plain are covered by grass, scrubs and low bushes. High plains are covered by open grass, with occasional thorn bushes. The highlands are mostly dense forests. The more arid parts of the country have bare earth with occasional shrubs.

The wildlife in Kenya is unrivalled by any other in the world, both in numbers and variety. Each year, millions of tourists make their way into the country to view the wildlife. The main attraction is usually the greatest wonder of the world; the wildebeest migration.

Kenya is home to the big five. This includes the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

Other animals that can also be found in the country include: giraffe, zebra, crocodiles, hippopotamus, gazelles, cheetahs, hyena and a wide range of bird species.
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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT KENYA:

ON THE PATH TO INDEPENDENCE:

At the crack of dawn on December 12 1963, a young man by the name of Kisoi Munyao made a brave trek to the top of mountain. Once there, the 29 year old planted what was to become the first ever Kenyan flag; a moment that is still celebrated by Kenyans till today. This was a proud moment for Kenyans. It signified the end of a long and brave fight by our forefathers, and the birth of a new nation of Kenya. Through sheer patience and courage, what our forefathers had fought for was now coming to be. We were now an independent nation. Free! ... Free to govern ourselves and decide our own destiny.

We are a proud nation. Greatly blessed by the almighty God with a majestic land; beautiful wildlife; a rich cultural heritage and a serene climate.



THE KENYAN FLAG:

The Kenyan flag (adorned in red, black, green and white), as well as the national anthem, act as a symbol of unity and also a reminder of where we came from.
?    The red symbolizes the bloodshed by the freedom fighters in their quest to be a free nation.
?    The black signifies the beautiful people of Kenya
?    The green stands for the rich Kenyan land
?    The white symbolizes unity and peace in Kenya.


OUR PRIDE & JOY:

Other than its beautiful land and wildlife, the one other thing Kenya is known for is its athletes. Our long distance runners are always favorites in most competitions worldwide. Form the junior to the senior’s teams; they have done us proud by flying our flags high.


POLITICAL SYSTEM:

After independence, a new Kenyan government as formed, headed by the late Jomo Kenyatta. Initially a one party state, amendments were made in 1992, making Kenya a democratic multi-party nation.

Only three presidents have had the privilege of governing this great nation. They include the late Jomo Kenyatta (1st president), Daniel Arap Moi (2nd president) and the current president, honorable Mwai Kibaki.

Almost half a century after independence, the political system, though faced with a fair share of challenges, is steadily improving.




GEOGRAPHY:

The land of Kenya stretches out to an area of 582,650 square kilometers, and is situated in Eastern region of Africa.

It borders Ethiopia and Sudan to the north, Uganda to the east, Tanzania to the south, Somalia and the Indian ocean to the west.

The capital city is Nairobi, a busy city that is home to over 3 million inhabitants. Two other towns, namely Mombasa and Kisumu, have been given city status.

The climate varies from one place to the other. For instance, the coastal region has a tropical climate, with some regions in the interior being arid, whilst others still enjoy favorable cool climates.




ECONOMY:

Since independence, the Kenyan economy has grown tremendously. Today, the country has the biggest economy in East Africa, with booming tourism, agricultural, telecommunication, financial and industrial industry. It enjoys close trade relations with many African countries as well as with the rest of the world.

The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling.




TRANSPORTATION:

The Jomo Kenyatta international airport is the main entry point for flights coming in to the country. The airport boasts of state of the art equipment and modern facilities, big enough to accommodate some of the largest airplanes. Smaller airports are scattered in convenient locations across the country.

The country has a vast network of roads covering a length of almost 60,000 kilometers of paved and unpaved roads.

The railway line only covers a length of 2700 kilometers and is mostly under renovation.





POPULATION:

Kenya is a land with a rich and diverse people. There are over 40 different tribes spread out across the country.

The communities are generally divided into 3: the Bantus who make up about 70% of the more than 40 million strong population. They mostly occupy the coastal, central, eastern and western regions of the country; the cushites found in the eastern and north-eastern areas; and the nilotes who occupy the rift valley region.
 
While Kenya is a modern country, culture and traditions are still held close the hearts of many Kenyans. Probably the biggest example has to be the Maasai. A community widely respected and loved for its love for old age cultures and traditions that its people practice even to date.







FLORA & FAUNA:

The vegetation in Kenya’s land is different in each region, depending on the climate.
For instance, the coastal region is covered by coconut trees, rain forests and mangrove swamps. The plain are covered by grass, scrubs and low bushes. High plains are covered by open grass, with occasional thorn bushes. The highlands are mostly dense forests. The more arid parts of the country have bare earth with occasional shrubs.

The wildlife in Kenya is unrivalled by any other in the world, both in numbers and variety. Each year, millions of tourists make their way into the country to view the wildlife. The main attraction is usually the greatest wonder of the world; the wildebeest migration.

Kenya is home to the big five. This includes the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

Other animals that can also be found in the country include: giraffe, zebra, crocodiles, hippopotamus, gazelles, cheetahs, hyena and a wide range of bird species.



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